Conservatoire for Dance and Drama

The Conservatoire for Dance and Drama comprises eight specialist schools delivering world-leading education and vocational training in the performing arts. We train the performing artists and production professionals of the future: actors, circus artists, dancers, stage managers, technical theatre practitioners, choreographers and directors.

Located at the heart of three vibrant cultural centres in London, Bristol and Leeds, the Conservatoire schools are: Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, Central School of Ballet, LAMDA, London Contemporary Dance School, National Centre for Circus Arts, Northern School of Contemporary Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Contemporary Dance, and RADA. Each of the schools has its own approach to the training of students which follows the values and ethos particular to the school. Collectively, we have around 1300 students training on undergraduate and postgraduate programmes from over 50 countries around the world.

Within the Conservatoire there is a balance between the art forms of dance and drama, classical and contemporary styles, and the only provision for circus arts within higher education in the UK. Internationally renowned centres of training, the schools are also creative laboratories for emerging and established artists who work with our students to create and showcase new work.

Central School of Ballet - Ballet Central, photograph by Bill Cooper

LAMDA - Rent, photograph by Richard Hubert Smith

National Centre for Circus Arts - Handbalancing, photograph by Bertil Nilsson

Conservatoire for Dance and Drama
Central Services Team
Tavistock House
Tavistock Square
London WC1H 9JJ

T +44 (0)20 7387 5101